The story is set in the sleepy English countryside several decades before Queen Victoria was crowned; there is a town that has stood on a side of granite for six hundred years. To the east stands a high stone wall, for which the village is named. In the town of "Wall-, Tristran Thorn has his heart broken by the very beautiful Victoria Forester. One crisp October night, as they watch, a star falls from the sky, and Victoria promises to marry Tristran if he'll retrieve that star and bring it back to her. The promise alone , starts the adventure of Tristran's life.
Stardust is a fable, but as it starts it begins to tell the tale of Tristran's father, Duston Thorn and the events of his life in the town of wall in which he lives in. Wall is a whole night's drive from London. The town named for a rock barrier on its eastern side, with a narrow break in it; there is a shade of grass or meadow, a stream and the forest. Along the top mount of the barrier of wall there are two townsmen who stand guard. Sometimes Duston is on watch as he slaves with his boredom with the town and people.
Duston being a beau to the lovely Daisy Hempstock, finds himself a loner. The town he has grown up in. Often he chases the idea of leaving for London, but the only thing that keeps him is the land his father gave hime. Both of his parents still are there with him on the farm, but the acres of the land Duston has to gain is still waiting, so he's a poor 18 year old who works on his father's farm ,with a small cottage on the far end of the field.
Many visitors were coming to Wall for the fair that only occurs every nine years. There in the Faire Market, the people on the other side of the forest show off their ways. These people are from the woodland, and there lies a wall from which the town earns its name.